New York’s unemployment rate hit its highest since 1992 last month, rising to 8.7%, according to state Labor Department figures.

Some 854,200 New Yorkers were unemployed last month, the highest number since records keeping began in 1976. The unemployment rate in New York City climbed even higher, to 9.5%, its highest since 1997, while the rate outside the city hit 8.2%, its highest since 1983. Nationally, unemployment hit 9.5%.

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